Gallery/ Lounge

Featuring regular exhibitions of art (for sale and display) from a diverse range of artists (primarily local and Victorian  and including established and emerging artists) across a variety of art forms. See our ‘Special Events’ page for current and upcoming exhibitions, workshops and other activities … 

Annual Exhibitions

The ART of Children’s Literature – featuring a different children’s picture book artist/s each year, this exhibition is set to coincide with Alexandra’s Early Learning is Fun (ELF) Reading Day. Now in its 11th year, ELF Reading Day falls in September on the last Friday of Term 3. Hundreds of children, their teachers, parents and broader members of the community dress up in their favourite storybook character for Berry Street’s ELF Reading Day Parade between 10-11am around the main street of Alexandra. Rustic Simplicity also organises a visiting ‘reader’, one of 40 around the town who reads to the children as they stop at various stations. ‘The ART of Children’s Literature’ extends throughout the Spring School Holidays and generally continues until Melbourne Cup Day.

Young at HeART – a group exhibition of Alexandra Secondary College Studio Artists. This event began in 2012 and now features annually on our calendar of events, commencing each year with drinks and nibbles from 6pm on the Friday following the Melbourne Cup Weekend. Join us in celebrating our next generation of local artists 🙂

Touch a HeART – a group exhibition of local and Victorian artists, which opens on the last Friday of November annually, again with drinks and nibbles from 6pm. The thinking behind ‘Touch a HeART’ (with ART at Christmas) is to provide a diversity of affordable art options, making art a viable gift alternative, and therefore, supporting artists at this busy retail time of year. Exhibiting in ‘Touch a HeART’ is available to local and Victorian artists, and those with a local connection. Contact Rustic Simplicity for an application form. The exhibition officially runs until mid January – or until sold out – better be quick! 😉

Rustic Simplicity’s proprietor Cindy Ferguson holds an annual exhibition of her photography, either as a solo or a joint exhibition. Cindy’s style of photography highlights the minutia in our environment, bringing into focus obscurities that many tend to pass by. Through her photography, she offers a different perspective of our natural and at times our urban environments. Lately she has been branching out into local rural landscapes.

Her inaugural solo exhibition in 2011/12 Reflections opened auspiciously on 11 November 2011 , coinciding with the official opening of Rustic Simplicity itself. Wild at HeART in 2013 was also an exhibition solely of Cindy’s photography. The following year Cindy joined forces with ceramicist and mixed media artist Peter Hook. This joint exhibition, titled Home Is Where The HeART Is in 2014 explored the theme of HOME – safety, security, a sense of place, love, longing and belonging…

2015 brought Cindy Ferguson’s photography and Peter Hook’s ceramics & mixed media together again under the exhibition title Further Reflections 2015 opening on the Friday of the Australia Day weekend – exploring reflections of their past, drawing on their life’s journeys, their places of origin & the child within. Repeating Patterns in 2016 was a solo show featuring a different style of Cindy’s works altogether…

Cindy’s annual exhibition is current until the Monday of the Labour Day weekend, after which it tours to the Ruffy Produce Store – see our ‘Special Events’ page as well as the ‘Ir-regular Blog Spot’ page for a more detailed exhibition schedule.

At least another three (3) exhibitions are held annually between Labour Day in March and the start of Spring … one of these exhibitions (which runs across the June Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend) is another group exhibition available to local and Victorian artists, and those with a local connection. This particular group exhibition (one of two held annually – the other being ‘Touch a HeART’) is also an annual event, but has a different theme each year. Contact Rustic Simplicity for an application form.

ALL WELCOME to our exhibition openings on various Fridays throughout the year – check out our ‘Special Events’ page for details – hopefully see you soon 🙂


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